Pure Rawk: Oh! Gunquit "Eat Yuppies And Dance"
Hmmm, sombody’s been listening to their well worn copy of Off The Bone, haven’t they? Ignore the slightly hipster-ish name, Oh! Gunquit are actually a group of retro minded rockabilly types who definitely owe a slight nod to The Cramps and The B-52s in their sound.
Although it gets off to a slightly slow start (opening track Sinkhole which sounds like a toned down Pussycat & the Dirty Johnsons is probably the weakest track on the album), the jittering guitars of the second track Head Bites Tail gets things quickly back on track and the standards remain enjoyably high from hereon out. The sleazy Bad Bad Milk and Voodoo Meat Shake are pure Lux ‘n’ Ivy, while the more poppy Pony Boy and Into The Woods wouldn’t have sounded out of place on The B-52s’ Cosmic thing album. The dark and lurching I Need Help Now meanwhile has a hint of Nick Cave about it, which is never a bad thing.
It’s more of a good album than a great one, but Eat Yuppies And Dance (top title as well) is a confident first offering which suggests this lot will continue to get better on future releases. Definitely worth a look.
Final thoughts: Sure, there’s plenty of other bands trying to drag psychobilly into the 21st century, but Oh! Gunquit definitely have the tunes and hoods to hold their own in a well-populated field. My only criticism is that Eat Yuppies And Dance has plenty of good moments but no knockout blow, but I’m sure that’s something they can put to rights on future albums. All in all, this is a solid opening statement from a group which look confident of carving their niche into the scene. Good stuff. 3.5 stars of 5. Andy Close.